High Weeds and Grass Program
The Department of Public Works (“DPW”) enforces the Weeds and Rank Vegetation ordinance (Section 3-3-3-1, et seq of the Lawrence Municipal Code) for the control of high weeds and grass on private property within the corporate boundaries of the City of Lawrence. Weeds and rank vegetation over eight (8) inches in height is considered a violation of the ordinance.
You may report violations of this ordinance to DPW by calling 317.327.5566. A DPW inspector will follow-up and inspect the property. If the inspector determines that violation exists, the DPW inspector will document the condition of the property and a violation notice will be placed conspicuously on the property.
From the date of posting of the violation notice, the property owner has five (5) days to abate the condition of the property. After five (5) days, a re-inspection will be conducted by a DPW inspector. If the property is found to be in compliance, DPW is notified and the violation case is closed. If the property is NOT in compliance, the DPW inspector will document the condition of the property and a formal Notice of Violation will be mailed to the property owner of record giving an additional fifteen (15) days from the date of mailing to bring the property into compliance. A fine, ranging from $50 (for a first violation) up to $2,500 (for repeat violations) will be issued as part of the Notice of Violation letter.
After fifteen (15) days, another re-inspection is conducted. If the property is found in compliance, the violation case is closed with fines due and payable to the City of Lawrence. If the property is NOT in compliance, the DPW inspector will document the condition of the property and the matter will be forwarded to the Street Department for abatement. The Street Department will visit the property and if the property is found in compliance, will notify DPW and the violation case will be closed. If the property is found NOT to be in compliance, the Street Department will document the condition of the property and proceed with abatement. DPW will be provided with before and after photographs. If the Street Department mows the property, the property owner will receive an invoice for the cost of the mow as well as additional unpaid administrative fines. If the invoice is not paid in a timely fashion, the City of Lawrence will file a lien against the property for collection with the next property tax payment.
Properties that are abated by the City of Lawrence will be automatically rescheduled for inspection for compliance with the Weeds and Rank Vegetation ordinance.
For additional information regarding the weeds and rank vegetation ordinance, please access our informational pamphlet by clicking here.